XLR8R’s Off-Week Selections
XLR8R staff share our top event picks from this week's Off-Week in Barcelona.
Barcelona’s Off-Week is a big few days in the European musical calendar, featuring an array of artists from all around the world, all performing at a selection of venues across the city. Frankly, there are simply too many parties going on to attend even a small percentage of those taking place, and even once you’ve narrowed this down to ones you’d like to frequent, you’re sure to feel as if you’re missing out on something. There is just too much on offer.
Nonetheless, it is important to pick the events you wish to attend and commit, for tickets to the most popular events do not stick around forever. It’s likely that many of you will already have a firm party schedule in place, but for those looking for a little guidance, XLR8R staff have checked out the offerings and picked our favorite events for the upcoming few days. There are, as you’ll see, tickets still available for many of them, so enjoy as you will.
(Lead photo taken from last year’s Loud-Contact event).
In no particular order, our picks are:
Dimensions @ Loud&Contact
Where: Loud-Contact Area, Poble Espanyol
When: Friday, June 16 (13:00 – 01:00)
Credit must go to Dimensions Festival, for they have really pulled off something special here. Underground Resistance and Margaret Dygas need no introduction, and with the support of Move D, Francesco Del Garda, Onur Ozer, Binh, and Nicolas Lutz, this is sure to be one to remember.
Underground Resistance present Depth Charge (live)
Onur Ozer b2b Binh b2b Nicolas Lutz
Francesco Del Garda
An Eve Live
When: Thursday, June 15.
Where: Utopia 126
Sonar isn’t just about the partying; and for those wanting to avoid the usual DJ/ party fanfare, this is our pick. From ambient pioneers The Orb to AMBIQ’s free-form jazz, each act’s unique and forward-thinking interpretation of electronic music makes this a must-do for those in the area.
Kassem Mosse (live)
The Orb (live)
Ambiq (live) (a.k.a Max Loderbauer, Samuel Rohrer, Claudio Puntin)
Toi.Toi. Seven Years’ Birthday
When: Thursday, June 15 (21:00 – 06:00)
Where: INPUT High Fidelity Dance Club
London promoters Toi Toi are celebrating seven years and have the perfect line up to do so in style. Ion Ludwig is one of the leading artists in the minimal scene and his live sets never disappoint. With Audio Werner, Losoul, and Topper all in support, this is certainly one of the night parties that we don’t want to miss.
Secret Guest UK
Ion Ludwig (live)
The Life and Death Party
When: Sunday, June 18 (14:00 – 05:00)
Where: Secret Location
Taking place in a stunning colonial mansion built in 1935 and boasting a long list of great artists representative of the label’s new house/disco musical direction, it’s no surprise that this one sold out as quickly as it did. If it all comes off, this will be one to remember.
Black Spuma (Lauer & Fabrizio Mammarella)
Discos Paradiso Crew
Gommage Dj Team
Marvin & Guy
Cure Music x Melisma Music
Where: Club Belafonte
When: Friday, June 16 (20:00 – 06:00)
Cure Music x Melisma needs a spot in your schedule. Intimately set in new space Club Bellafonte and boasting extended license hours with some of our favorite selectors, this a must if your best hours are afters.
Andreazza (Warm Up)
JUST THIS Barcelona
Where: Almogavers 86
When: Friday, June 16 (22:00 – 06:00)
With bigger names booked elsewhere, this could easily slip under the radar. Pulling together some of Berghain’s finest residents in Gerd Janson and Etapp Kyle, along with Kink, Hunter/Game, and Locked Groove, this lineup is worthy of a spot on the list.
Watermelon presents Lessizmore showcase
Where: Café del Mar Lounge Barcelona
When: Thursday, June 15 (16:00 – 03:00)
Afriqua, Audio Werner, Daze Maxim, and more are set to play the Barcelona Off-Week showcase of Lessizmore—the leading Brussels-based label, agency, and party series. As always, it’s a free entrance party.
Franco y Gael
Where: RED 58
When: Thursday, June 15
Andrey Pushkarev’s selections killed our XLR8R party in LA, and we expect nothing less in Barcelona. One of many new spots for this year’s Sonar, Red58 also have one of the best sound systems in town—and on Thursday they bring one of the world’s finest selectors. This is not one to miss. Make sure you check out their other parties during the weekend.
Art of Dark, Barcelona Open Air
Where: ZT Hotel Villa Olimpica
When: Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, June 18 (14:00 – 23:00)
Watching Onur Ozer, Etienne, and Andrew James Gustav play all day long by a pool in the Barcelona sun is sure to appeal to many, and not much more needs to be said.
Andrew James Gustav
Where: El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol
When: Saturday, June 17 (16:00 – 01:00)
DJ Koze is back with other Pampa favorites, including Robag Wruhme, Isolée, and Axel Boman. From “XTC” to “Mir A Negro,” the Pampa label has been responsible for some of the biggest hits in electronic music over the last few years. Expect more of the same from our pick of the Indigo Raw events.
All Day I Dream, Off Barcelona
Where: La Terrrazza
When: Saturday, Jun 17 (17:00 – 23:00)
Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream drifts through Barcelona for the fourth year in a row. The Englishman’s blissfully laid back approach to party making has led to a huge following with ADID popping up everywhere from Dubai to California. Already sold out, so expect a scavenge for tickets.
Cynosure x Wagon Repair 10-Year Anniversary
Where: ZT Hotel Villa Olimpica
When: Friday, Jun 16 (14:00 – 23:00)
Modern Deep Left Quartet (Cobblestone Jazz + The Mole)